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The remains of the Temple of Venus Genetrix are almost all those of Domitian, who probably began work on the Forum Julium soon after the rebuilding of the Curia Julia in AD 94. One characteristic of this work is the deeply cut egg-and-dart molding of the cornice and the tiny rings (anelli) between the dentils, which are very similar to the molding in Domitian's Forum Transitorium, all of which usually are attributed to Domitian's architect Rabirius. In this richly carved fragment from the cornice, one can see rosettes between the modillions and, below them, the egg motif and dentils.